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Bitter melons may not be a well-liked vegetable to eat by other people because of its bitter taste, but its health benefits are very amazing. But I suppose not everybody knows this kind of vegetable because this is an Asian tropical vegetable.I never thought this will also grow here in the United States.Since I have so much harvests of this vegetable,I made this kind of recipe which maybe new to others.I tried making it first in a small amount and turned out to be as good as sweet pickle relish.This can be served with fried fish, chicken, or any other meat. The longer it aged, the better it tastes.
The bitter melons also belong to
the Cucurbitaceae family.They are an
*excellent source of antioxidants nutrients,Vitamins A, C, and folates.They
are also a good source of niacin (Vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (Vitamin B-5),
pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6), and minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium,
manganese, and magnesium.They also
contain phytonutrients which are responsible for lowering blood sugar levels
and helping in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Harvest this vegetable when they have big
bumpy ridges and the color being light green. Don’t harvest them
when they turn yellow for they are already overripe.
1.Wash the bitter melon and other vegetables with fruit
and vegetable wash.Scrub, if possible,
to remove the dirt in between the ridges of the bitter melon under running
water or rinse thoroughly.Cut into half
and scrape off the seeds of the bitter melon.Cut vertically into big size and set them aside.
2. Make a creative carrot slicing. Run the knife through the carrots to make a straight
line with equal spacing 6 times on its top first forming a flower shape pattern
as shown in picture (a) below.Afterwards, run the knife through the lines downward to its end to make
a slight deep cut as shown in picture (b).Reserve the thin slices for your salad recipe. Lastly, make thin slices
of the flower-shaped carrots as shown in picture (c).
Creative Carrot Slicing (a)
Creative Carrot Slicing (b)
Creative Carrot Slicing (c)
3.Do the same procedure for the ginger as shown
below.Chopped the thin slices of ginger
and include them in the cooking later.
Creative Ginger Slicing
4.Remove the skin of the garlic, but don’t chop
chopped the onions.Set them aside.
5.Drain the bitter melons and process them using the fine
disc.Soak them in cold water
again to wash off its juice and
then twist a handful of bitter melon with your
bare hands to
drain the water till you finish them.Do the same procedure of
washing twice to
remove its bitter taste.Set them aside.
6.Heat the pan and pour water. Mix in the sugar and stir
dissolve first. Add the vinegar, salt,
garlic, ginger, and onions.
Bring it to a boil for 15 minutes.
7.Mix in the bitter melons and carrots. Stir and simmer
another 10 minutes. Remove from
8.Ladle the hot mixture and liquid into hot jars, leaving
headspace.Adjust two-piece caps.
Process pints 10 minutes in
boiling-water canner or steam-pressure canner.Let them cool.
9.Check the lids if they are well sealed or not. Press
the center of
each lid. If the center is pulled down and does not flex, and
you can not lift the lid off, then they have a good vacuum seal.
10.Before storing them, remove the bands and wipe the lids
entire surface of the jar with clean, damp cloth or paper towel
any food residue.Label and write the
date on top of